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Xiaomi Mi 8 is official: Everything you need to know

Xiaomi Mi 8 is official: Everything you need to know

Xiaomi Mi 8 is the flagship smartphone by the company for 2018. The top variant of the Mi 8, dubbed the "Explorer Edition", presumably due to its transparent glass back, even lifted wholesale Apple's animated emojis (animojis).

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch (2248 x 1080-pixel) AMOLED screen with a borderless design and a notch-style cutout.

The Mi 8 SE, meanwhile is the smaller variant of the Mi 8 line, with a 5.88-inch AMOLED fullscreen display, a Snapdragon 710 processor inside, and a 12MP + 5 MP dual camera setup supporting enhanced low-light photography. Apple launched the iPhone SE and just like the iPhone SE, the Mi 8 SE is a smaller version of the flagship Mi 8.

There are some differences between Xiaomi's Mi 8 and Apple's latest flagship, though.

In addition to the standard Mi8, the smartphone will land in an impressive Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and a quirky clear casing on the back.

It has a larger OLED display than the Mi Band 2 did, at 0.78in compared with the 0.42in of its predecessor, and comes in black, orange or blue.

Xiaomi is also the latest company to push AI with the new MIUI 10 software.

So this Xiaomi Mi 8 is better than the Mi Mix 2S.

Xiaomi's new Mi 8 series is quite possibly the closest we've gotten to an Android-powered iPhone X so far.

Firstly, the regular Mi 8 is fairly self-explanatory. The device also features a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 1.8-micron pixel size.

There's a lot going on with the new phones, and we'll be very interested to see if they make their way to the west. Powering the television is a 64-bit ARM-A53 quad-core processor, which is accompanied with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The limited edition phone does support both 3D face unlock and in-display fingerprint recognition, but its transparent back is apparently somewhat of an illusion. The Explorer Edition will retail for $577, the SE for $281. It is also expected to come with IP68 certifications and a bevvy of sensors including altimeter, biometric heart rate monitor, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.2 and more.

We are not sure who's providing the Dual-frequency Global Positioning System chip to Xiaomi, but we know Broadcom, who has bee a world leader with Global Positioning System tech has been working on the exact solution for a while now. The new version of the OS can also perform bokeh effects on photos using a single camera.

The Mi 8 will be available on June and start at 2,699 yuan (about $421) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage.

Available in 4GB RAM/64GB memory and 6GBRAM/64GB memory variants, they come at a price of CNY 1,799 (about Rs 19,000) and CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 21,100) respectively.

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